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Month: April 2015

Peace in Heart; Blood in Hands: Cambodia is still not free from Violence

Unofficial Translation from The Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer edition TUESDAY, 31 MARCH 2015, TONG SOPRACH ស្រុកខ្មែរសន្តិភាពនៅតែក្នុងក្តីប្រាថ្នាតែកាយវិការមិនជ្រះស្រឡះពីហិង្សា The word “Peace” has been used by Cambodian politicians and rulers for generations under the illusion that it is synonymous with “the absence of war.” Most Cambodians share the same view of this word. Today, it is synonymous with “Samdach Hun Sen:” we often hear the slogan “Samdach Hun Sen is Peace!”…

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Sihanouk Ville: From World’s Best Bays to Mafia Territory?

Unofficial Translation from The Phnom Penh Post’s Khmer edition TUESDAY, 24 MARCH 2015, TONG SOPRACH កំពង់សោមពីឆ្នេរស្អាតបំផុតក្លាយជាតំបន់ម៉ាហ្វីយ៉ា According to the 2014 annual report of the Ministry of Interior, “the crime rate has increased by 4 percent”. Meanwhile, the number of the police officers, especially the ones in senior positions such as generals, has increased notably. What is the implication of such easy promotions for security and stability in Cambodia,…

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